Why Do Cats Carry Your Clothes Around? Kitty Clothing Thieves, Explained

My cat keeps carrying my clothes around my home, and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.  I wake up and find clothes scattered in the oddest places, including the cat water bowl! Why do cats do this?

While it is incredibly cute to see them carrying clothes around in their mouth, it can also pose certain safety risks.  I’ll explain why your cat does this, and will also tell you why your cat carrying clothes can be dangerous – and what you should do about it.

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Why Does My Cat Carry Clothes Around the House?

In a nutshell, cats are weird little creatures.  They do the silliest things for seemingly no reason, though most of their antics do have a motive – even if it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.  Such as scattering your socks all over the place, leaving you with a nice mess to clean when you wake up in the morning.  If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t find the matching sock in a pair, now you do!

There are many reasons that a cat might carry belongings around, and female cats seem to do this the most – so it might be related to nesting behavior, whether your cat is spayed or not. Your cat might simply like the feeling of carrying something around, or it may be sensory related.  As in, your cat might like the feeling of certain textures in her mouth.

It could also just be a form of play, and something your cat is doing to simply pass the time.  Although you can try giving your cat more toys, in my own personal experience, they still prefer to drag clothes around if they can find them – even if they have plenty of toys at their disposal!

Is it Safe for Your Cat to Carry Clothes Around?

Although your cat clearly enjoys dragging clothes around, it isn’t exactly the safest pastime.  If your cat likes playing with clothes, they most likely also like all of the little strings and buttons that are often also attached – and strings aren’t always a good thing to have around cats. 

First and foremost, the best thing you can do to ensure your cat’s safety is to limit the clothing they’re able to access.  Keep your laundry safely put away, your dryer door shut (that’s another story all in itself), and your closet doors closed.  Things like this can become a kitty addiction, so you need to cut off their supply!

But, not all is lost.  You can still leave safer clothing items like towels nearby if you want your cat to have at least a little fun.  Part of the reason they may carry those items around is simply because it has your scent, and they want to be near you. Gosh knows we wouldn’t want to take that way.

Does your own cat enjoy carrying things around?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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